Premier says feds needed in big way on wastewater

Published on January 13, 2017
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As he addressed the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador — whose members tackle repair and installations on wastewater infrastructure — Premier Dwight Ball suggested federal wastewater requirements are a significant issue for the province.

As The Telegram reported indepth in 2016, municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador have struggled to meet the newer water treatment standards, as set out in regulations under the federal Fisheries Act. The standards are now in effect, but communities continue to struggle with the immense cost of required infrastructure and the related long-term administrative burdens. “The provincial government continues to work with the federal government on this issue. The federal government has established this as a priority. And we agree it needs to be addressed,” Ball said, during his speech Thursday. “In order to comply with the federal wastewater regulations, we will need an unprecedented investment from the federal government and we’ve been making headway and we’ve been working very hard with our federal colleagues on this.” The premier said the Department of Municipal Affairs is working with municipal governments, to see the required upgrades completed.